Trends in Poverty: The UK in International Perspective - How Rates Mislead and Intensity Matters

Abstract

Although a large academic literature has discussed why the poverty rate is a poor summary index of trends in poverty, it is still used in much applied policy analysis. This paper begins by summarizing briefly why poverty intensity is a better measure of poverty. Using Luxembourg Income Study data on trends in poverty since the 1970s in Sweden, Canada, the… (More)

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